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Regular maternal and child health programs

Maroondah City Council runs a number of services and information sessions that will ensure the health of babies and ease the concerns of new parents:

  • Lactation program - postponed
  • First food for babies talk - postponed
  • Baby settling talk - postponed
  • Toddler Talk - postponed
  • Open consultation sessions - postponed
  • Young mums playgroup - postponed

Please note all regular sessions have been postponed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

A support service for breastfeeding mothers of babies 0-4 months of age. 

We understand that breastfeeding mothers may need a little extra help from time to time. During the program, Maternal and Child Health nurses will provide advice on a range of issues including correct attachment techniques, stimulating milk supply, understanding your baby’s needs, and gaining confidence in handling your baby.

If you live in Maroondah, please call 9294 5777 to make an appointment to see our Lactation Consultant.

Learn about what you need to know when introducing solid foods to your baby. 

When: 10.30am to 12pm, third Tuesday of the month

First food for babies is available on the following dates (you only need to attend one):

  • Tuesday 19 May
  • Tuesday 16 June
  • Tuesday 21 July
  • Tuesday 18 August
  • Tuesday 15 September
  • Tuesday 20 October
  • Tuesday 17 November
  • Tuesday 15 December

Where: Norwood Family & Children’s Centre 

18 Notlen Street 
Ringwood (Mel ref: 49 H6) 

Price: Free to Maroondah residents with children aged 4-6 months. 

Bookings essential: Complete a booking form for each person attending. No prams please. 

Learn about your baby’s behaviour and how to establish and develop a daily routine based on feed/play/sleep. 

When: 10am to 11.30am, second Thursday of the month

  • Thursday 14 May
  • Thursday 11 June
  • Thursday 9 July
  • Thursday 13 August
  • Thursday 10 September
  • Thursday 8 October
  • Thursday 12 November
  • Thursday 10 December 

Where: Training Room at Norwood Family & Children’s Centre 
18 Notlen Street 
Ringwood (Mel ref: 49 H6) 

Price: Free to Maroondah residents with children aged 0-3 months. 

Booking essential. Complete a booking form for each person attending. No prams please. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers are welcome.

The session is an opportunity for you to learn more about how to support your child’s language & social development through your everyday interactions and play with them.

We will also have time for you to ask questions to check how things are progressing with your child after the session.

We recommend you arranging child minding for your child if possible to enable you to fully engage in the session. If you need to bring your child(ren) along, we will have a small play area available for your convenience. 

When: Friday 1 May
Time: 10am to 11.30am

Where: Multi purpose room at Croydon Maternal & Child Health Centre, 9 Civic Square, Croydon
Price: free to Maroondah residents with children aged 1-3 years

No appointment is required for these brief consultations for babies aged 0-12 months.

Consultations offer an opportunity to visit a Maternal and Child Health Nurse between your child’s scheduled key age and stage visits.

Feel free to call in and discuss feeding, behaviour and sleeping concerns, for a weight check or to talk with a Maternal & Child Health nurse. These are well baby clinics, so please do not attend if yourself or your child are unwell.

These sessions are held every Monday from 9am to 11am at our Maternal & Child Health centre located on the corner of Civic Square and Mt Dandenong Road, Croydon (the Tudor building opposite mycar).

Developmental checks require a booked appointment as this service does not replace the key age and stage assessments. 

Interpreters are not available with this service.

Date: every Thursday (during school terms)
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Venue: Croydon Cottage, 200 Mt Dandenong RdCroydon(cnr Civic Square& Mt Dandenong Rd)

About the playgroup

This playgroup is for parents aged under 25, with children under school age (0-5). 

Come along and increase your confidence to do the things that can have a positive impact on your child’s learning.

The playgroup offers:

  • fun play activities
  • arts and crafts
  • music
  • excursions

Come along and meet other young parents, while enjoying a free afternoon tea!

To find out more and to book your place, please call Niquita Meyers, Supported Playgroup Facilitator, on 9294 5533.

For information about any of these sessions, call 9294 5586.

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